Deutsche Bahn runs more than 5.400 train stations, that require cleaning services. DB Services GmbH is providing cleaning services for station buildings and platforms using different technologies. Additionally DB Services wants to incorporate cleaning robots as a new efficient and cost-effective advanced technology to further their cause of providing utmost cleanliness to the railway environment.
What we are looking for
Current cleaning procedure:
Currently, DB Services cleans the stations with conventional scrubber dryers during the night. The process works as follows: First of all, bulky waste such as broken glass, discarded paper and packagings, are manually removed from the floor. In order to prepare the dryer, it needs to be filled with water and detergent and relocated to the servicing area before use. During cleaning, continuous checks are made by the servicing user to ensure that all serviced areas are fully cleaned. The machines will eventually have to be relocated back to the charging station after its cleaning cycle, where drainage of waste water and machine checks take place. Finally, it is reconnected back to the charging station until the next cycle of use.
Current Status and Objective:
DB has taken its first steps to approach automated cleaning solutions. Contact with relevant startups involved in automated cleaning has been established by DB Services, with one team already presenting an automated scrubber dryer.
In Spring 2017, a demo was organized at Berlin Lichtenberg Station, during which DB Services has decided to propose to one of the startups to have their prototype adapted to the needs of DB until the end of 2017. In order to incorporate more innovative cleaning technologies into DB Services, we therefore organize the Automated Cleaning:challenge. From this event, we hope to expose DB Services to many of the existing technical solutions, as well as allow them to learn about the different players and current commercial offers within the industry.
Find detailed information about how cleaning is done today, which rules have to be followed and what an automated system should fulfil. Material in German and English.
Apply for the Challenge
Corporations, inventors and startups can apply to present their automated scrubber dryers. Anybody that has an existing prototype or has the capability to deliver automated machines is also welcome to apply for the challenge.
Inside the application, we would need to have detailed technical and commercial information, as well as the proposed approach of automated wet cleaning of DB stations. For more details of the technical and commercial information that is required, please refer to the download materials on this webpage.
From these applications, a jury of experts will then select eligible teams for the live test in a DB Station at the end of the year.
Functional & Commercial Evaluation:
On Information Day, all selected teams will be given a preparatory information session about the location and the details of the test condition to prepare them for the test. The test takes places at the end of the year in a DB train station. Invited teams will then showcase their prototypes and solutions under the test scenarios planned by DB. A jury of experts will then rate each team's product based on their cleaning performance, interaction with customers and its servicing team (functional examination).
Commercial offers with individual teams will subsequently come under detailed discussion until the end of January 2018, and finally, the most suitable offers will be selected and awarded with a two year framework supplier agreement from Deutsche Bahn.
Promotion of your prototype inside DB
2 year framework supplier agreement
Exchange to further advance prototype
The final of the DB Automated Cleaning:challenge
30th of Januar 2018 four teams take part in the challenge to automatically clean the floor of Berlin Main Station
Impressions of the Automated Cleaning:challenge
All teams, the jury and the involved people of the challenge, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Opening the Challenge
Daniel Pfau und Frank Wolter are opening the Automated Cleaning:challenge, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Welcome by Mr. Hesse
Mr. Hesse, manager of Berlin Main Station, welcomes the teams and journalists, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Welcome by Mr. Leffs
The CIO of DB Services is explaining the background of the challenge, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Hefter´s robot starts
The robot from Hefter starts the cleaning challenge, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Programs of a cleaning robot
Stearing panel with different programs of a cleaning robot, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Adlatus starts cleaning
The robot from Adlatus is starting to clean the floor of Berlin Main Station, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Blocking the robot
One challenge was the blocking of the robot by surrounding passangers, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Notes of a jury member
A jury member is filling the assesment for the robot of Adlatus, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Cleanfix gets started
The robot of Cleanfis starts to clean the floor, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Cleanfix on the run
The robot of Cleanfis cleans the floor, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Cleanfix and passanger
The robot of cleanfix and a passing passanger, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Taski gets started
The robot of Taski / Diversey starts to clean the floor, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
The Diversy / Taski robot cleans the dirty ground, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Hefter starts to clean
The robot of hefter starts to clean, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Hefter and cleaning team
The robot of Hefter and members of the human cleaning team, picture by Deutsche Bahn AG, Pablo Castagnola
Read more articles about of the DB Automated Cleaning:challenge here.